How many times in your life have you made a romantic pitch to someone else and flopped? Usually the attempt satisfied you even if you did not obtain the desired result. Unfortunately, we have all seen too many stories in the news about a man who kills his ex-girlfriend since she would not reciprocate his love. Such stories always anger me. I usually envision the man being a pathetic, disgusting person.Something is wrong with the concept of using violence to force love.
Is the love God holds out to us any different from the love that the ex-boyfriend has offered? If we accept God’s love, all is well; if not, we will receive damnation beyond measure. Something is wrong with this picture.
I was just reading in John 5:25 this morning, where Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who will hear will live.” The scripture clearly is talking about people who are already dead. How can dead people hear the gospel? I thought you had to have your act together before you died? However, Jesus is saying the opposite. From what I gather, even after death, Jesus gives people a chance. I realize this is anathema to many contemporary Christians, but I did not write John 5:25. Maybe God is much, much, much more forgiving than we realize. I would not be surprised if, after death, all were given a chance, and only a very few who truly hated Jesus and wanted nothing to do with him went to hell.
Going back to what I said. If God said, “I love you so much, here’s my son. But, if you don’t reciprocate you will be DAMNED!” That does not sound like love in any form. I think Satan has distorted this message. Remember, God said in Psalm 100:5 that his mercy “endures forever.” How can it endure forever if he sends people to hell forever? If that’s the case, then his mercy DOESN’T endure forever.
Going back to the child in the video. If hell were true, it would be like the kid refusing to run up the father. The father then chasing the son, dipping him in gas, and lighting him on fire. There’s no difference. A loving parent would NEVER do that, no matter how much the child rejected him. Yet, that is precisely what people say God will do. I don’t believe it.